Five Impressive Florida Dishes

beachroadMy trip to Orlando last weekend wasn’t supposed to have anything to do with food: My husband wanted to cheer on his Miami Hurricanes in a bowl game (it didn’t help) and spend a day at Disney. Since neither football games nor theme parks are known for their culinary achievements, I figured I’d give my taste buds a few days off.

But I ate surprisingly well over the course of the trip. Here, five dishes which I’d seek out again if headed south on Interstate 95.

Chicken dinner

Beach Road Chicken Dinners, 4132 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville

Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, Beach Road Chicken Dinners is the rare road food institution which hasn’t let its standards slip. The crisp-skinned chicken brims with flavor that’s sure not to fade when the meat’s cooled for a picnic lunch, and the terrific creamed peas are earthier than creamed corn, the creamed vegetable most familiar to contemporary eaters. But the star of the table, set family-style, is the peppery, thick brown gravy. Continue reading